Saturday, January 06, 2007

Good Luck To The 110th

The 110th Congress was sworn in this week. They've got a lot of work ahead of them - with little exception more work than any newly elected legislative body in two-hundred and eighteen years. It's up to them now to put a stop to what is beyond a shadow of a doubt the most incompetent, corrupt and murderous administration in American history. There will be investigations into what the real motivations were behind the invasion of Iraq and the obscene war profiteering of the GOP-connected corporations that followed. There will be testimony from within the CIA and State Department as to what evidence was available to the Bush Mob with regard to Iraq's fabled weapons of mass destruction program and - more importantly - what evidence was ignored. They will look into the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and why, sixteen months after the fact, the city of New Orleans has barely begun its recovery. There will also be inquiries into the White House's ten-thumbed handling of the American economy and the long-term effect their horrific mismanagement of it will have on generations yet unborn. In short, if the 110th Congress does its job - and does it correctly - by the summer, the overwhelming majority of the American people will be demanding the impeachment and prosecution of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney for high crimes and misdemeanors.

If the Republicans are smart (yes, I know what you're thinking - just hear me out), they'll start looking within their pathetic midst for another Gerry Ford. If they're smart [PAUSE FOR EXTREME GIGGLES], they'll demand that Dick Cheney resign immediately for "reasons of poor health". The brand new speaker of the House of Representatives is now a bona fide liberal from San Fransisco and a woman at that! (Oh, Heaven help them!). One needn't be a political science prodigy to conclude that the prospect of a President Nancy Pelosi is their worst nightmare and - let's face some serious facts here, folks - Cheney is up to his ears in too many felonies to adequately count. For their own good, they had better start searching for his replacement - NOW.

Here's something the Democrats need to know: the American electorate didn't put them in power in order that they win re-election the next time around. Every poll shows that the main reason we sent them to Washington, above all, was to put an end to the war in Iraq. Some of them have been hinting that they plan on letting Bush stew in the juices of this nasty tasting soup he's concocted for purely political reasons. The belief being that the more Bush wallows in the holocaust he's created in Iraq, the easier it will be for them in '08 - That would be the worst thing they could possibly do. People are dying - a half a million of them have already been slaughtered for no reason at all. Over three-thousand Americans have died in vain. If it is allowed to continue, by this time next year, the body count might very well be double that amount. An escalation at this point (as the administration has been hinting at) would not merely be counterproductive, it would be a bloodbath. It didn't work forty years ago in Viet Nam and it's not going to work now. Keeping this war going for political reasons would be as obscene as the war itself. And don't forget this pertinent fact: the only reason Bush plans on letting this war go on, is so he can hand it off to the next administration - an administration he knows damned well will be Democratic.
Even as I write these words, a joint press conference, conducted by John McCain and Joe Lieberman, is being re-broadcast on C-SPAN; McCain is complaining that the Democrats are now asking for "a plan B" with regards to Iraq. As God is my witness, he's actually demanding that the democrats put forward their plan! He just asked the question: "What's their plan B"?....Umm.... Senator McCain? It's the president who makes war policy, not the congress - a tiny technicality I thought you might want to know about. When you have a free moment, have a little peek at the Constitution - just a thought. To McCain's right, Lieberman is warning whoever will listen that America's standing in the world will be irreparably damaged if we lose in Iraq....


This war was lost the day George W. Bush made the stupidest military blunder since Adolf Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in 1941 by "preemptively" attacking a sovereign nation that was a threat to no one but itself. This war is lost - it's over. Anyone who stupidly believes that this endless quagmire is a winnable situation has been watching too much FOX News. The fact is this: Any moral authority - real or imagined - that the United States possessed after the hideous attacks of September 11, 2001 has been squandered - it's gone forever, kiddies! Even the Democratic president who will be elected in 2008 is not going to change that fact. And maybe it's just as well. Any nation foolish enough to elect as its leader the likes of our current commander-in-chief should never be trusted again.
As a result of the damage done to this once-great nation by a disgusting, half-witted little thug named George W. Bush, the next twenty-five years will be remembered as the time that America redefined itself. We must go back to the core values that were so eloquently articulated by Abraham Lincoln on the fields of Gettysburg on a somber November afternoon one-hundred and forty-three years ago: a "government of the people, by the people, for the people". We're doomed otherwise. Father Abraham's vision of this country is now in danger of perishing from the earth.
Don't pray for American victory in Iraq. Pray for God's will. Pray for peace.
Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Dear Tom, It would not be the usual euphemism if Cheney resigned for reasons of ill health, he really is sick. The man is pshycho just as the First Psycho is mentally ill.

At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Sandra Green said...

Great rant and if I may add something to your list for congress is doing something about the choke hold msm has on the American public. I am so tried of hearing how corruptible the Democrats are and that they cannot hold the party together. And we must stay the course in Iraq, no matter what what bush calls it every month. Somewhere, someone must say it is the oil stupid and those permanent bases to keep control of oil fields for foreign interests.

At 9:13 AM, Anonymous fearless flower said...

Hello everyone, I heard on the news this morning that Nancy Pelosi is telling The administration "No more troops to Iraq; It's time to plan a withdrawal. The people demand it!" An ABC station, no less! Let's hope this is not just some kind of fix to make herself look good. Now more than ever is the time to make phone calls and send letters and faxes.
Thank you, Tom, keep up the good work. I love the photos you've been putting up. Today's was so appropriate.

At 12:11 PM, Anonymous Charles Moore said...

Hi Tom,

Another great posting as usual, and we, your loyal readers would expect nothing less from you.

I think you are absolutely right that when the unthinking American finally realizes through the various hearings and investigations that the Democrats plan on holding just how incompetent and corrupt this administration has been, there will be no other choice than to remove this arrogant little halfwit from office. We can be sure that the Bushies will object every step of the way and scream about executive privilege and national security, but even so, I think enough evidence will manage to come out that can implicate all of them and hopefully send them to prison.

As for Cheney, there is speculation that we will hear less and less from him as he realizes that Iraq is a complete disaster and he does not want to go down in history books with his reputation tarred by the results of it.

As a life long Democrat, I can only hope that the party will get their act together and work for the good of this country and the American people, and if we can manage to boot Bush and Cheney out before the remainder of their term, President Pelosi has a rather nice sound to it.

I know there are some that put great faith in McCain as the next presidential choice for the Republicans, but increasingly he seems to me another nut case on the loose. I am willing to wager that it will be quite a long time before the Republican Party can recover from the chaos of the current regime.

At 4:27 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Hey folks!
TRhanks for the kind words, Charles! Truth be told, I'm usually not this prolific. These things just write themselves.

Tom Degan

At 7:24 PM, Blogger cindi said...

i wonder if all the harm done to America by BushCorp can be at least partially remedied. i saw this today:

& it broke my heart. Not long ago, a people who'd witnessed the most unspeakable atrocities had loudly & resolutely proclaimed "Never Again" would such barbarism, such man's inhumanity to man ever be allowed. And barely one generation later, we have broken their courageous promise. i have never had anything but gut-wrenching contempt for these murderous neocon bastards, but for some unfortunate reason i deeply feel the utter & obscene shame that should be theirs.

At 3:35 AM, Blogger larkrise said...

Bush is mad as a March hare. He makes the Mad Hatter in "Alice in Wonderland"look positively sane. He and his looney cohort, John McCain, keep insisting that it is necessary to win in Iraq in order to bring stability to the Middle East and win the War on Terror! Hellooooo.....where have these men been? On Mars? First of all, Iraq is now engaged in a terrible civil war. There is nothing left to win. The country is destroyed, a shambles, a raging inferno feeding upon itself. Iraq is so intent upon imploding, that there are no resources left to attack anyone else. Since the invasion of Iraq, the Middle East has become even more unstable than before. Lebanon is a tinderbox. The Israelis and Palestinians have settled nothing. The terrorist groups have grown stronger, richer, better organized. The Taliban and Al-Quaeda are regrouping and growing in the mountains bordering Pakistan. The opium poppies are flourishing in Afghanistan and Afghanistan is another smoldering mess. The Saudis continue to fund God only knows who and what. Same for the United Arab Emirates, The weapons industry, both homegrown and international, is feeding at the trough in the region. Anyone who believes Bush and his BS at this point needs to sign up for a brain transplant or go into longterm therapy. Buzzflash had an interview with a psychiatrist that spelled out the delusional state Bush inhabits. For the most part, it hit the nail directly on the head. Bush is not going to listen to anyone. He is delusional. The more his delusions are questioned, the tighter he holds on to them. The MSM calls this a "Bunker Mentality," to avoid calling it what it is: a severely disturbed man, misusing power to advance his insane agenda. Ted Kennedy has drawn a line in the sand. For the sake of our servicemen and women, I pray that Congress backs him up on his legislation. Though the pipelines are impossible to keep open, lust for oil continues to be the bottom line on Iraq; and the Chinese and Russians wont sit back and be shafted on any oil deals. Bush has destroyed Iraq. If allowed to continue, he will destroy this country,too. Economically, we no longer hold all the aces. Can you speak Mandarin?

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Paul said...

I'm very pleased to discover The Rant and the strong patriotic sentiments coming from my hometown of Goshen. The actions of Bush and the neocons have tread on the ideals of the America that I grew up to know and love. The Bushies have successfully substituted their "truth" for facts. We have to hope that with the new congress and intellectually honest representatives of both parties work will proceed to address the REAL issues facing our nation: health care, energy/environment and the national debt. Impeachment is the only fix to the damage done to the office of the presidency (signing statements) and our international standing (preemptive war).

That said, the neocons have made a terrible situation for Iraqis in our name with the result that Moslem extremists are a serious concern. The war in the Balkans was stopped over 10 years ago with the Dayton Accords to the benefit of the Moslem population in that region. It has been reported that once peacekeepers arrived in that region, not 1 peacekeeper lost their life to hostilities. Might this be a model for us to consider in Iraq? The rest of the story is this: if the Balkan ratio of peacekeepers was applied to Iraq, 500,000 troops would be deployed. Clearly, this would have to be a truly multinational effort. If we are serious, this should be debated, but a “surge” of 20,000 solders does not rise to that level.

See the NPR Balkan story for details:

At 6:36 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Hi Paul!
Thanks for the thoughtful words. Did we, perchance, know each other in Goshen? Send me an email when you get a chance.


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